The difficult role of caregiving
One of the most life-changing events that occurs in our life is when we get older and can no longer care for ourselves and our responsibilities like we could when we were younger. As we age, memory starts to slip, and the cumulative effect of aging and early signs of dementia can cause a serious toll on our overall health and well-being. When we get to this stage of our lives, outside help and assistance can help us live healthy, fulfilling lives, even if we aren’t as “sharp” as we used to be.
The people who help up is our later years are caregivers. Caregivers can be relatives, friends, hired help, home health aids, or anyone who has a vested interest in looking out for us. Caregiving itself however is a difficult and at times stressful task. Looking after another person, who may be suffering from mental decline or physical limitations can be very demanding, especially when that person is used to their previous life and the freedom of self-sufficiency.
One of the most effective ways to manage the stressful and demanding role of a caregiver is to have a geriatric care manager on board to help with the complicated health issues and complex dynamics of the aging process. A geriatric care manager, like our staff at Senior Steps, is very familiar with not only the difficult role of caregiving, but the surrounding issues and occupational challenges that being a caregiver can bring.
If you or someone you know is a caregiver for an elder person or a differently-abled person, you’re familiar with the stress and responsibility of such an important role. Consider working with a geriatric care manager or a geriatric care management company like Senior Steps. It can make life easier and happier for both an elder person AND caregivers!